"Loot" by Joe Orton

Loot is a two-act play by the English playwright Joe Orton. The play is a dark farce that satirises the Roman Catholic Church, social attitudes to death, and the integrity of the police force.

Loot was Orton's third major production, following Entertaining Mr Sloane and the television play The Good and Faithful Servant. Playing with the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a hectic world and examines English attitudes and perceptions in the mid twentieth century. The play won several awards in its London run and has since gained a reputation[citation needed] as a comic masterpiece and has had many revivals.


Time: Afternoon.
Place: A room in McLeavy's house.

Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Together they rob the bank next to the funeral parlour where Dennis works and return to Hal's home to hide the money. Hal's mother has just died and the money is hidden in her coffin while her body keeps on appearing around the house. Upon the arrival of Inspector Truscott the plot turns topsy turvy as Hal and Dennis try to keep him off their trail.


  • McLeavy
  • Fay
  • Hal
  • Dennis
  • Truscott
  • Meadows

Production History

Opening Venue Company
Feb 2, 2009 Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Dec 11, 2008 Tricycle Theatre
May 7, 1992 Lyric Hammersmith
Apr 7, 1986 Music Box Theatre Manhattan Theatre Club
Feb 18, 1986 NYCC - Stage 1 Manhattan Theatre Club
1984 Lyric Theatre
Jun 3, 1975 Royal Court Theatre
Mar 18, 1968 Biltmore Theatre
Nov 1966 Criterion Theatre
Sep 27, 1966 Jeanette Cochrane Theatre
Feb 1, 1965 Cambridge Arts Theatre
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